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« on: June 23, 2013, 04:26:25 PM »

I actually started this topic on DF about ten years ago, when I first realized how people use  different titles for their dance teachers. Some people use the terms interchangeably; other people think each term has a distinct meaning. The conversation didn't have much traction then.  Nobody seemed to care. lol.  But I saw this topic come up again this week, on two different boards, so I'll bring it up here.

What do you call your dance teacher?  Do you think these terms have distinct meanings?  If so, what do they mean to you?

To me, instructor = journeyman teacher, such as can be found in training programs at franchise studios

Teacher = my preferred label for someone who teaches me to dance.  Experienced professional who has earned my respect.

Pro = what pro/ams call their teachers. e.g. "My pro and I covered that material last week."

Coach = visiting, higher level, dance professional who has enough experience to teach both me and my teacher.

Then there's also pro partner, which I don't use, but which I understand to mean the teacher/paid half of a pro-am couple.

But that's just me.  What are your understandings of these terms?
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013, 06:28:54 AM »

I agree with your definition - but only from a pro-am's perspective.

If you are an amateur couple then:

Instructor - trainer for beginners or chain-school Tongue
Teacher - to some an expert that trains you through syllabus; but others use it as a general term (often a long-term trainer)
Pro - professional couple  (the term is irrelevant to teaching AMs since all teachers are pros)
Coach - could be your regular (regular) teacher or an expert you go to once or once in a while


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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 08:10:30 AM »

Interesting.  Cool  I'm not sure I follow your definition of pro.  Could you clarify?  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2013, 05:06:59 PM »

A pro is a dancer who is eligible to dance in pro comps.  Thats just about the only definition that still holds.

It used to be a professional who was eligible to teach and get paid for it but the change in the rules permitting AMs to teach has blurred that.  The only other difference (in NA anyway) is that a pro is someone who can compete with an am in pro-am.

However, its generally taken to be a person who teaches as a livelihood and, hence, is an expert in dance.

Does that help?
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2013, 05:32:29 PM »

Yes it does. Cool

I know that a lot of people use other terms.  It would be nice if some of them weighed in. Smiley
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